Accused killer granted court-funded private investigator ahead of trial

| Author: Tony Imossi (Secretariat) | Filed under: General News
Accused killer granted court-funded private investigator ahead of trial

ANN ARBOR, MI - A 23-year-old man charged in the July shooting death of 18-year-old Zach Currie had his jury trial postponed when he appeared in Washtenaw County Trial Court Thursday, August 24.

Judge Darlene O'Brien granted Marcus Palmer more time so a private investigator and an expert can complete work to prepare for trial.

O'Brien determined Palmer was indigent, so the private investigator and expert will be paid by the court.

The two will likely testify at two evidentiary hearings, which were scheduled for Sept. 8. The hearings are related to defense motions to suppress testimony from a preliminary examination held in district court, records show.

At that hearing, Currie's girlfriend Kalynne LeClair provided details leading up to the shooting.

Currie was found fatally shot in front of LeClair's house in the 5400 block of Willis Road in Augusta Township the morning of July 24, 2016.

LeClair and other witnesses at the hearing provided details about what happened before and after the shooting, but no clear motive emerged.

Currie was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with LeClair before he left her house around 2:30 a.m.

LeClair testified she heard gunshots soon after Currie left, but didn't go outside.

LeClair identified Palmer as the last person Currie spoke with on a video phone call before Currie left her house.

Court records show that Palmer's Detroit-based attorney, Harry Boffman, has filed motions to suppress that identification at trial.

Palmer is charged with open murder in the case.

His jury trial was moved from Sept. 18 to Nov. 13.

He remains in custody with no bond at the Washtenaw County Jail.

Source:  MLive

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